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Schefter: "There's no way" the Rams won't pick Sam Bradford at No. 1

col_bradford_250.jpgIn a Wednesday spot with ESPN Radio in St. Louis, Adam Schefter offered up a surprisingly firm prediction regarding the identity of the first pick in the 2010 draft.

Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford.

Said Schefter:  “I would like to record something here, on February 24th.  Two months from the draft.  And tell you who the number one pick is gonna be right now.  On the basis of what I’ve talked to people around the league [about], everything I’ve heard.  And at some point it’s gonna shift to this guy, and I don’t know whether it’ll be now or late March.  It’ll probably be after his Pro Day, when he goes through his Pro Day and goes through his workout.  Then all of a sudden — it’ll be about a month from now — we’ll start hearing, ‘Wow.  Would and could the Rams take with the number one overall pick Sam Bradford?’ 

“And I believe ultimately, when all is said and done, that the Rams’ number one pick on April 22nd, two months from now, will be Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford.  I’m willing to take all bets on that one right now.”

Schefter later said he hasn’t spoken to the Rams about it, but that based on everything else he’s heard he believes “there’s no way” the Rams won’t take Sam Bradford.

Schefter also threw a politely-crafted dagger at ESPN draftniks Mel Kiper and Todd McShay, without accusing them of wearing sausage casing and/or being a Holden Caufield fantasy.  “I notice that Sam Bradford is not in their top five,” Schefter said of Kiper and McShay.  “I can promise you that’s wrong.  I can promise you that’s wrong.”

Schefter ties his prediction to Bradford showing up at his Pro Day and looking healthy.  Though some thought his shoulder injury might scare off teams at the top of the draft, we think that Drew Brees’ Super Bowl win four years after his shoulder supposedly was wrecked likely will make a team more inclined to take a risk.

We’re not sure it means he’ll be the first pick.

Still, mark it down.  Schefter says Bradford will be the guy.  It vaguely reminds us of the time that another ESPN analyst said that the Texans will take Reggie Bush with the first overall pick “no matter what anyone says.”  

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63 Responses to “Schefter: "There's no way" the Rams won't pick Sam Bradford at No. 1”
  1. downwithdansnyder says: Feb 25, 2010 7:55 PM

    If he hasn’t talked to the Rams and is truly basing all that off random third parties he’s an idiot

  2. organizedchaos says: Feb 25, 2010 8:01 PM

    Clausen >>>>>>>>>>>>>> Bradford

  3. doe22us says: Feb 25, 2010 8:04 PM

    Kiper and McShay are just talking heads who are clueless as to what they are talking about, this is the time during the off season where i here their names all over the place.

  4. downwithdansnyder says: Feb 25, 2010 8:08 PM

    You write often about QB’s not throwing at the combine. I don’t know how ANYONE can say for sure that Bradford will be picked at ANY certain pick until he throws and maybe people can judge his recovery.

  5. Skin_Flute says: Feb 25, 2010 8:09 PM

    Adam Schefter has forgot more about the NFL in the last two minutes than Mike Florio has ever, or will ever, know.
    Have a good day.

  6. WhoDat_champs says: Feb 25, 2010 8:10 PM

    Didn’t they just sign Bulger to a big contract? I think he’s got four more years at 10 mil a year. If this happens there will be tons of trades in the first round.

  7. Stafford's Johnson says: Feb 25, 2010 8:15 PM

    Clausen sucks and I have proof: http://yepyep.gibbs12.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/claussen.jpg

  8. Stone says: Feb 25, 2010 8:16 PM

    I guarantee you he will be correct and the reason is that one of the teams behind them (Redskins?) will trade up with them for the player. Just like when the Chargers took Eli first and traded him down to the Giants for Rivers (essentially) and picks.

  9. rolltide says: Feb 25, 2010 8:17 PM

    Adam Schefter was correct about every prediction he made when he was with the NFL network, and then he moved to ESPN and proceeded to be wrong about every prediction he made.
    Remember when he was leading the pack of ESPN analysts predicting who was going to replace Tom Cable in Oakland, that he’d be fired that week with 100% certainty?

  10. Dolphinatic says: Feb 25, 2010 8:18 PM

    I know its not the same thing…or the same kind of QB…. or the same kind of injury (collar bone) ….but why does he remind me of Ron Paulus so much. I hope he heals up, I think he has all the skills required…..question is does he need to drink more milk??? Or is he just fragile??? Either way I wouldn’t spend the #1 on him before I built an O-line to protect him.

  11. phillyboss says: Feb 25, 2010 8:19 PM

    teams use the media personalities like the tools that they are and use them to put out misinformation, this could just as easily be a ploy to try to trade down from the 1st pick, this happens all the time

  12. Contra says: Feb 25, 2010 8:20 PM

    Immediately after being drafted, Kiper remarked that JaMarcus Russel is Montana and Marino-esque and will be an elite QB…wow…

  13. ☻☼CBS, FOX, ESPN, NFLN nbc says: Feb 25, 2010 8:21 PM

    Head games, head games, and more head games.
    same crap different draft.
    St. Louise will NOT get Bradyford

  14. SterilizeTHenry says: Feb 25, 2010 8:23 PM

    Clausen

  15. MrSports says: Feb 25, 2010 8:23 PM

    couldn’t this possibly be the Rams planting a seed to a team like the Redskins who may really want Bradford? so the Rams could trade out of the top spot for a package of picks?

  16. gringostroika says: Feb 25, 2010 8:28 PM

    Wow. A somewhat vapid non-news story with a gratuitous JD Salinger reference. Maybe if you went to Kerouac, or even Updike I’d respect that. But “Rams” and “Catcher in the Rye” just don’t work together. Just sayin’.

  17. Slow Joe says: Feb 25, 2010 8:28 PM

    They would HAVE to trade down to get Bradford. Taking him #1 is just stupid.

  18. ☻☼CBS, FOX, ESPN, NFLN nbc says: Feb 25, 2010 8:30 PM

    ————-It vaguely reminds us of the time that another ESPN analyst said that the Texans will take Reggie Bush with the first overall pick “no matter what anyone says.” ——————
    1. Who was the ESPN analyst because the link doesn’t show an author?
    2. Whats the point of the link to the old pft website?

  19. kuze says: Feb 25, 2010 8:31 PM

    If it’s for picks, it will not be the Jets. They only have 1,2,6,7 this year because they already traded them all away.

  20. Drew Brees' Face Smudge says: Feb 25, 2010 8:32 PM

    Posturing by the Rams to get the ‘Skins to trade up to get Bradford.
    Even though WSH should take an off tackle.

  21. Leo Crow says: Feb 25, 2010 8:33 PM

    Wow, I may never complain about the integrity of PFT again now that I’ve seen how far it’s come..
    Seriously?? Al Michaels’s scarf makes him look queer? Frank Caliendo is too fat to pull off a GWB impersonation? Yeesh.

  22. downwithdansnyder says: Feb 25, 2010 8:47 PM

    Remember when Kiper went on and on about how Aron Rogers wasn’t going to be any good because he couldn’t fit it “in the window” required in the NFL? Woops. How come we never here about rock star analysis as that?

  23. mnmaverick says: Feb 25, 2010 8:52 PM

    Remember what Mort said about Matt Jones?

  24. TheDPR says: Feb 25, 2010 8:52 PM

    If you’re going to make Drew Brees comparisons, remember that Brees was not the #1 overall pick. Brees wasn’t even a first round pick. So thinking someone will pick Bradford #1 overall because a second round pick with a wrecked shoulder was able to rehab and win a championship several years later isn’t really a logical comparison.

  25. 1nationraidernation says: Feb 25, 2010 9:15 PM

    well to pay #1 money it makes the most sense that it is the qb position……other wise if it is Suh, he is instantly the highest paid DT in the NFL on day one. Haynesworth will never see his contract pay out…he only got a 5 million dollar signing bonus….Suh would get at least 25 to 30 million signing bonus…….and that ladies and gents is way to much for a dt.

  26. Florio-is-a-tool says: Feb 25, 2010 9:16 PM

    Clausen? Seriously? A reminder to Clausen’s fans (i.e. family) – it’s for the best player available, not the biggest douche.

  27. Adam says: Feb 25, 2010 9:20 PM

    importance of QB > importance of DT

  28. realitypolice says: Feb 25, 2010 9:23 PM

    Stafford’s Johnson says:
    February 25, 2010 8:15 PM
    Clausen sucks and I have proof: http://yepyep.gibbs12.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/claussen.jpg
    ========================
    That’s the curse of going to school at Notre Dame. Starting QB, big man on campus, and still look what you have to pick from.

  29. brooks07 says: Feb 25, 2010 9:25 PM

    As a Bucs fan, I love this. I want Suh or McCoy on draft day.
    If anyone other than Schefter said it, I would have a very hard time believing. But he’s never let me down before.

  30. dirk_diggler says: Feb 25, 2010 9:26 PM

    RIP “Boner”.
    You will be missed.

  31. FumbleNuts says: Feb 25, 2010 9:28 PM

    “I can promise you that’s wrong. I can promise you that’s wrong.”
    The Rams NEED a QB for their future, they will suck no matter what………
    Sounds good to me, why not?

  32. GoBears84 says: Feb 25, 2010 9:29 PM

    Schefter, I bet St. Louis would love to bet you 100 mil.

  33. drumbug71 says: Feb 25, 2010 9:46 PM

    Looks like Chris Mortenson is claiming that it was his idea all along….
    http://twitter.com/mortreport/status/9653204035

  34. BBB82 says: Feb 25, 2010 9:48 PM

    Skin_Flute – That’s because Schefter is a reporter. Florio is a guy with a blog and bad haircut.

  35. Klytus says: Feb 25, 2010 10:06 PM

    He’s the only one picking Bradford at #1. Will Bradford start this year? And where is the Ram’s defense?
    If that happens, I can hear Kyper now, “That was a terrible pick!” The Rams are idiots!” With a guy like Suh on the board, I’d have to agree with Mel.
    GO STEELERS!

  36. NightTrainNeckTie says: Feb 25, 2010 10:11 PM

    Shefter has great sources and is really good at his job, but man is he really awkward to listen to. It’s like he gets paid per word.
    When you see him on TV he has this thousand yard stare to go along with misplaced emphasis on random words. I used to hate him till I got used to it.
    I bet you he is one of those guys that when you are talking to him in person he’s always kinda looking a little to the left of you, but pretending he is making soul piercing eye contact.

  37. RockChalkJ says: Feb 25, 2010 10:21 PM

    Those girls remind anyone else of Patty and Selma?

  38. Justin says: Feb 25, 2010 10:23 PM

    Bradford would’ve went #1 overall without the injury but Schefter’s really going out on a limb with this. I wouldn’t be surprised if this happened but, guarantees, usually make the person look foolish in the end. If he is healthy and looks good then good for him and, hopefully, he pans out for the Rams or whichever team ends up taking him because watching JaMarcus ruin my franchise along with the owner’s meddling is painful so it will be good to see another suffering franchise get it right if this actually happens. That’s a big if on all accounts.

  39. DeeDubb says: Feb 25, 2010 10:26 PM

    Wow, he better hope he’s right. This is an awfully bold declaration. As a Skins fan, I like this scenario because it means they’re more likely to address the o-line but then again, there is Claussen waiting in the wings.

  40. Beave says: Feb 25, 2010 10:41 PM

    Tom “Killer” Kowalski of Mlive.com (the best Lions coverage anywhere by a longshot) has been saying this for a couple weeks. He pointed to the huge amount of money that the first pick gets only really making sense for a QB, and the fact that the front office in St. Louis has been losing and can buy themselves some more time if they have a young QB to point to.
    Schefter is just the first national talking head to say this.

  41. red44skinz says: Feb 25, 2010 10:45 PM

    I think he’s right, Bradford makes sense.
    Mt question is, wht do scouts & GM’s every year have one QB that they are so off on.
    From Kyle Boller to Parick Ramsey & JaMarcus Russell to Brian Brohm.
    This year mark my words, it will be Jimmy Clausen. Anyone who watched a ND game knew that Golden Tate was the best player on the field by far. And if Clausen gets drafted ahead of him that GM will be out of a job within 3 years.
    Keep an eye on Levi Brown of Troy, he will end up being one of the top 4 QB’s of this draft.

  42. Pantherfan10 says: Feb 25, 2010 10:49 PM

    Rams should pickup Suh #1 than McCoy in the 2nd….
    Suh would be great next to Long…

  43. Pantherfan10 says: Feb 25, 2010 10:56 PM

    Stafford’s Johnson says:
    February 25, 2010 8:15 PM
    Clausen sucks and I have proof: http://yepyep.gibbs12.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/claussen.jpg
    ————
    Clausen dosn’t suck but the biggest knock on him is he either has reached his “full potential” or is close to it. A lot of scouts are saying he was coached soo well in college you already pretty much know what you’re getting. The Clausen stuff all hinges on if teams feel he can continue to progress in the NFL instead of just plateauing early and turning into the inevitable bust… (Yeah ND didn’t do so great under Weis but no doubt he knows how to coach up QB’s)
    The guy to watch from ND for me is that WR Golden Tate not Claussen..

  44. Big Tex says: Feb 25, 2010 11:05 PM

    FYI, Mel Kiper also assured anyone with ears that Tony Mandarich would be a much better pro than Troy Aikman. How’d that work out?

  45. Steve-O says: Feb 25, 2010 11:11 PM

    What moronic idiots would get all worked up about a bullshit post from an internet hack quoting some some brainless ESPN dipshit? Jesus what a bunch of suckers!

  46. Dont Taze Me Bro says: Feb 25, 2010 11:54 PM

    Schefter’s prediction may have more to do with the Rams recent picks on the DL of Adam Carriker and Chris Long. Adding a #1 overall pick to that group would mean tons of cash tied uo on that DL .
    Last year they drafted LT Jason Smith, so they have taken a lineman with the first pick three years in a row. That isn’t putting butts in seats.
    People are in love with Suh, but if the Rams believe Bradford is a real franchise QB, then he is the right pick.
    As for Clausen, he’s overrated. He was constantly made to look good by some excellent receivers at ND. Clausen is decent at the short stuff, but anything downfield is a jump ball. Golden Tate saved him time and again.

  47. mwcarolina says: Feb 26, 2010 12:02 AM

    As a Redskin fan, i know that they won’t trade up, nothing to offer, if anything, they will gain more picks by trading Campbell then trading up. they will take what falls to them, whether it’s Sam Bradford, Jimmy Clausen or Russell Okung.

  48. Rex Grossman says: Feb 26, 2010 12:47 AM

    Adam sure sounds proud of himself here.

  49. bigbigbigred says: Feb 26, 2010 2:54 AM

    Kiper and Mcshay are a bunch of dbags who have one thing to do throughout throughout the year and theyre always wrong. Shut up, your not experts!

  50. AbeFreshly says: Feb 26, 2010 3:09 AM

    “there’s no way” the Rams won’t take Sam Bradford.
    Double negative. It reminds me of that annoying commercial from the 70s:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qEL4MALB8Ig&feature=related
    Why have you done this awful thing, Florio…or Shefter…or whomever? Next thing we know, Florio will find a way to manipulate the phrase “…He’s a science fiction pixie from a stange atomic race…” into one of his posts. If you do that, I’m gone.

  51. red44skinz says: Feb 26, 2010 5:37 AM

    No Clausen is not total garbage but his career will be like Todd Collins, Kelly Stouffer or Jack Trudeau.
    For those of you saying………WHO? EXACTLY!!!
    No way this guy should be drafted in the top 3 ROUNDS

  52. Chapnasty2 says: Feb 26, 2010 6:10 AM

    Schefter is the only guy on ESPN worth respecting. Kiper sucks, McShay sucks and 95% of the other analysts sucks.

  53. Duan says: Feb 26, 2010 8:17 AM

    Dude, they can have’em! There is no way I would draft that fella in the first round! PERIOD!
    Lord, please do not let the Browns draft him if he’s available?
    The rams can have him all day long!

  54. Anti Mouthbreather says: Feb 26, 2010 9:18 AM

    Seems like most of Shefter’s predictions wind up either a) flat-out wrong, b) vague enough so he can go back later and find some nugget that was slightly right or c) already common sense.

  55. indians131184 says: Feb 26, 2010 9:34 AM

    go to the http://www.usaplayers.com. read the blog from a couple weeks ago. rams picking bradford was predicted a long time ago schefter. sneaky sneaky.

  56. Pack_Attack says: Feb 26, 2010 9:37 AM

    How can you promise someones wrong?

  57. heartstl says: Feb 26, 2010 9:49 AM

    I think Adam is right on this one. If Bradford is healthy, the Rams will take him. All signs point to Bradford being healthy.

  58. IRISH MAFIA says: Feb 26, 2010 9:55 AM

    Lets don’t forget that Clausen was also made to look better than average by the awesome teams he played against.
    PLease clausen looks, plays and apparently drinks like todd maranivich.
    Even money says he has a DUI before training camp is over.
    My god is that the best looking women notre lame can get for their starting qb?
    U-G-L-Y, and they aint got no alibi.

  59. NightTrainNeckTie says: Feb 26, 2010 10:41 AM

    What happened to the Rams trading for Josh Johnson rumors? I know all the crazy racists that hate football on this forum will cr@p on this idea but he has a lot of upside and really good mechanics. Yes, I know what good quarterback mechanics are. I’d rather have a guy three seasons into his career than a newbie fresh off shoulder surgery and 4 years in a spread offense.

  60. Evan2442 says: Feb 26, 2010 10:46 AM

    Schefter, Kiper, McShay all aren’t “idiots”. There’s a lot of work that goes into their method of madness. But even though, Suh and McCoy and even a few others might be better picks, I also believe the Rams will take Bradford. It has nothing to do with talent, it has everything to do with money. Most teams do not want to invest that kind of cash in a defensive end and especially not a safety. If the Rams could, they would do anything and everything in their power to trade down, but you can’t. No team really wants to invest that type of money in ANY of these guys, hence the lack of movement in terms of trading top picks (and of course the trade last year was to pick…a QB). You can read a good article about this exact thing on ESPN.com, John Clayton had a whole thing about it and he also says the Rams will take Bradford. And as ugly and gross as his weird toupee are, he is not an idiot.

  61. Evan2442 says: Feb 26, 2010 10:47 AM

    Schefter, Kiper, McShay all aren’t “idiots”. There’s a lot of work that goes into their method of madness. But even though, Suh and McCoy and even a few others might be better picks, I also believe the Rams will take Bradford. It has nothing to do with talent, it has everything to do with money. Most teams do not want to invest that kind of cash in a defensive end and especially not a safety. If the Rams could, they would do anything and everything in their power to trade down, but you can’t. No team really wants to invest that type of money in ANY of these guys, hence the lack of movement in terms of trading top picks (and of course the trade last year was to pick…a QB). You can read a good article about this exact thing on ESPN.com, John Clayton had a whole thing about it and he also says the Rams will take Bradford. And as ugly and gross as his weird toupee are, he is not an idiot.

  62. tian says: Feb 26, 2010 12:09 PM

    So given the logic of money, you think the Rams would pay a bloated amount for a quarterback that wouldn’t be a second-rounder in last year’s draft? Nursing an injury? With all the holes that St. Louis have?
    The reason why people are sying Suh or McCoy is because they are the best players in the draft, period. They can help your team next season. They can make a difference almost immediately.
    If St. Louis takes Sam Bradford, you still have to go out and get a QB out of free agency or in a trade because Sam Bradford will not be able to help you immediately. They guy needs a few seasons holding a clipboard. Jimmy Clausen is more NFL-ready right now. Right now. (I think that Sam Bradford will end up being a better NFL QB, but just not right now.)
    I agree with the ESPN team. I think that they need to evaluate their D-backs and make a decision as to whether or not they are going to get Suh or McCoy. If they can build a nice defensive backfield, they’ll get Suh to help shut down the run. If they see too many holes with their D-Backs, they’ll get McCoy to rush the passer.

  63. danlinker says: Feb 27, 2010 3:12 PM

    Schefter, ESPN, those words get florio all pissy. What a jealous little bitch.

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